Cricket Wireless just announced that it’s going to release the sequel of the Blade X Max phablet and it is called the ZTE Blade X. It comes at a cheaper price than the predecessor. Besides, it also shrinks in size. So for those who want a more compact version of the Max without spending a fortune, then this is what you need. It costs only $120, has been available in several retail stores. Given the fact that it is an entry-level Smartphone, the specs are pretty good, but nothing to write home about. But at least, it already runs one of the latest Android versions, which is the Nougat.
Audio is another strong point because it teams up with Dolby to provide a better music experience. It gets its power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. The performance is far from stellar, so make sure you know what you look for before purchasing this handset. Even with 2GB of RAM, it still struggles to play graphics-heavy games. For storage, it has 16GB under the hood, but thankfully it is expandable. There are many key differences between the ZTE Blade X and the Max. Being a pared-down version, the Blade X only has a 5.5-inch screen. Well, it is still pretty large compared to the 6-inch display on the Max. Most of us wouldn’t expect scratch-resistance in a budget phone, but the Blade X comes with Dragontrail Glass coating.
For the price, the ZTE Blade X can quite impress. Firstly, it has a 5.5-inch HD display. It is suitable for displaying multimedia content and playing games. Secondly, it already includes fast charging. This feature is most commonly seen in more expensive devices. With this feature, refilling the battery takes less time. The feature is called Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0. Another premium feature added to this device is a fingerprint scanner. To be honest, it is no longer rare to see cheaper phones offering this feature. In fact, it has become the norm among new releases. The sensor responds quickly.
On the back, there is a 13 MP camera. It delivers decent shots, even capable of recording full HD videos. The front-facing camera doesn’t disappoint, either. The sensor is 5 megapixels. Under the hood, there is a 3,000mAh battery powering the handset. Since the specs are moderate, this battery capacity allows the phone to last a whole day under moderate usage. Had the screen packed a higher resolution, it would be a different story.
The handset also has essential connectivity options. The most important one is 4G LTE support. The network has been available in many places, so it becomes important for a phone to support it. Other standard connections like Wi-Fi (802.11 ac/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.2 are also available. Whether or not it will be rolled out to various markets, we don’t know yet. But there are many phones with similar specs, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding one that can replace the ZTE handset. Besides the ones already mentioned, the phone also offers built-in pedometer and heart rate monitor. The latter is designed for health and fitness, so give it a try.
ZTE Blade X specs:
- 5.5-inch HD display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
- 2GB of RAM, 16GB of Storage
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0
- 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
- 3,000mAh battery